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August 10, 2008


Kim Deal of the Breeders talks to the Jerusalem Post about her other band, the Pixies.

"People tend to think about the Pixies as this real popular group, but back then we weren't that well known. In marketing terms, Nirvana was the band that broke alternative music. That was when, in '91 or '92? The Pixies last tour was in May 1992. We missed that kind of push. I think that only after 'Where Is My Mind' got on the soundtrack to the Fight Club [ in 1999] was when the Pixies' resurgence started."

The 2008 Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy literature were announced last night.

The Los Angeles Times profiles Stephen King;s online video series based on his story, "N."

On July 25, King launched a Web-only project, an original video series based on his as-yet unpublished story "N." The idea is to post five episodes a week for five weeks -- 25 in all -- as an experiment in hybrid storytelling. Each episode is short, less than two minutes, and is accessible not just online but via mobile software. "N.," then, may be the first short story you can watch on your phone.

The Boston Globe interviews former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard about his book of collage, Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard.

The Guardian's books blog points out the Observer's Graphic Short Story prize.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews Unitarian Universalist preacher Jeffrey Symynkywicz and excerpts from his book, The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption from Asbury Park to Magic.

The Age profiles, Michelle de Kretser, whose novel The Lost Dog is shortlisted for this year's Booker prize.

The Observer has musicians (including Gruff Phys of Super Furry animals and Estelle) list their perfect playlists for summer.

RIP, comedian Bernie Mac.

The Guardian reviews Haruki Murakami's latest book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

There's a wandering, digressive, free-form quality to the writing - like improvised jazz - familiar to anyone who has read the novels, with their labyrinthine plots, perplexed, solitary male protagonists, meaningful coincidences and dream-like sequences. The narrative voice here is as persuasive as in any of the novels, candid and jaunty, and you finish the book charmed by the simple, unaffected grace of Murakami.

The Sacramento Bee also reviews the book.

Nerve lists the 50 sexiest music videos of all time.

Lullabyes is sharing mp3s of Lou Reed's SXSW performance with Moby.

T-shirt of the day: "Barack Obama T-shirt" by Alex Ross

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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